Hooray For Hollywood Regency

9 Dec

One of my favorite styles, too! So glossy, glamorous and bold. This is a great article with a lot of wonderful information that I don’t think many people realize. A lot of people have asked me “What is Hollywood Regency?” and it really took me a while to wrap my head around the whole concept too.

A SOPHISTICATED STYLE

My favorite interior design style is Hollywood Regency -1930’s glam.  Think mirrored chests, trellis patterns, tufted headboards and sofas, chandeliers, lacquer and high gloss, baroque mirrors, bamboo side tables.  The design has remained a classic with updates through the years.  It started with William Haines, the first openly gay Hollywood leading man in the 20’s and 30’s.  Haines ended his movie career and opened an antique shop and began his foray into design following pressure from studios to end his homosexual relationship for an arranged “sham” marriage  with a woman.

Next up was Dorothy Draper.  She was the first to “professionalize” the interior design industry with the first interior design company in the U.S.  Chintz, plaster moldings, glossy black and dull white became synonymous with her name.

Tailored and polish – enter Billy Baldwin. He brought us the parsons table, slipper chair and pattern on patterns. Baldwin made sure that…

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